Mar 13, 2009

Terrific Things – Whole Foods and New IANS Breakfast Sandwich

I do the majority of my gluten free shopping at Whole Foods. I love living less than 5 minutes from the store. I sometimes drive the 20 minutes to Roots or MOM'S to get products that they don’t carry at Whole Foods, like Caesar’s gluten free frozen entrees.

I had a wonderful shopping experience at Whole Foods today. In addition to some great sales, I was shocked to discover that they now carry more frozen gluten free products. They added many gluten free bagels – 3 varieties from Kinnikinnick and two from Enjoy Life. I bought the Kinnikinnick plain bagels, which I am eager to try.

I saw a new Ian's gluten free product – breakfast waffle sandwiches. This product is so new that it is not on the Ian's website yet. Their phone customer service rep said she didn’t think it had been released to stores yet, so she was surprised I found it. There are two varieties of this waffle egg sandwich – one with sausage and one without sausage. There are two sandwiches in a box and the price was about $5.00. The total fat was around 18 grams. Here is a press release from Ian's about their new pastas, which hopefully Whole Foods will carry.

Whole Foods now sells several varieties of the Kettle Cuisine frozen soup. They have a good selection of gluten free frozen meals from the following brands: Gluten Free Café, Glutino, Amy’s, and Organic Bistro.

When I was first diagnosed 2 years ago, they carried most of the Foods by George products. Now, they only carry the plain English muffins and the pizza. I think they discontinued them to make more room for the Whole Foods gluten free bakehouse items. My daughter and I love their cheddar biscuits and pumpkin pie. I sometimes buy the sandwich bread. Their muffins and desserts look good, but I don’t buy them because of the fat content.

I find the prices at Whole Foods to be comparable to other stores. In some cases, the prices are cheaper. Please see my earlier post about everyday low prices for more details. I have noticed that Vans waffles and Kettle Cuisine soup are cheaper at Giant. I was amazed yesterday to find two Kettle Cuisine frozen soups at Giant and gluten free veggie burgers.

A Whole Foods in Virginia was the site for the three gluten free episodes on planet green. Here is some information about the safety of the Whole Foods gluten free bakehouse products.

“Every lot number of incoming ingredients and a sample from each pallet
of finished product is tested for the absence of gluten using ELISA (Enzyme
ImmunoAssay) and Lateral Flow (immunochromatographic) testing methods to less
than 5 parts per million gluten. This is a much greater degree of protection
than that offered by most other gluten-free producers.”

I just found this exciting news from the Whole Foods gluten free bakehouse:

“Coming Soon: Fruit & Nut Granola Made with certified gluten free oats.
Look for this item in the cereal aisle”


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Kathy said...

I LOVE Whole Foods! I also love Trader Joe's. I don't know what I would do without Trader Joe's gluten free granola (with greek yogurt & honey). So Yum. : )